Comfort One Another


This unique study considers the exegetical and hermeneutical possibilities of analyzing the entire letter of 1 Thessalonians as a letter of consolation. Abraham Smith maintains that Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians with a full knowledge of the tradition of Greco-Roman letters of consolation and chose this genre to sustain members of the Thessalonian church. Smith explicates the social and literary conventions of this tradition and fully discloses why this particular rhetoric of care was employed. Showing how Paul’s letter of consolation was understood in Paul’s world and by subsequent generations, Smith demonstrates the usefulness of Paul’s rhetoric of comfort for modern society


SKU (ISBN): 9780664251789
ISBN10: 0664251781
Abraham Smith | Editor: Danna Fewell | Editor: David Gunn
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: April 1995
Literary Currents In Biblical Interpretation
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

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